Israel Update

April 8, 2013

“Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust.” Ps 16:1

NETANYAHU: WE CANNOT FORFEIT OUR SECURITY TO OTHER NATIONS: Holocaust Remembrance Day memorial activities began Sunday evening with the state ceremony at Yad Vashem's Warsaw Ghetto Square. PM Binyamin Netanyahu spoke at the main event during which he quoted antisemitic statements by Iranian heads as evidence the hatred against the Jews that existed during the Holocaust is still in existence. Netanyahu quoted Iranian religious leaders as recently saying, "The Zionists are bacteria, the Jews are polluted people that spread disease." The prime minister continued: "That was not just said then, it is said today. They call us 'a cancerous growth which must be removed from the Middle East.’” Netanyahu stated that antisemitic hatred "has not disappeared, it has been switched with murderous hatred against the state of the Jews. What has changed is our ability to defend ourselves." The prime minister added that while Israel appreciates the efforts of the world to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions, Israel cannot forfeit its security to other nations, not even to its closest allies. President Shimon Peres addressed the  ceremony prior to Netanyahu, saying the world must ask itself how a regime such as that in Iran can deny the Holocaust and threaten a new Holocaust so soon after six million people lost their lives. "The threat of a Holocaust against one people is a threat of a Holocaust on all people," Peres stated. "The Holocaust will not be lost in the depths of history," Peres told the audience, "It is right here with us, burning and tangible." (J.Post)

AMIDROR: UNIFIL FAILING TO TRACK HIZBULLAH ARMS: UN peacekeepers in southern Lebanon have failed to report on Hizbullah terrorist armaments as required, a senior Israeli official said Thursday, arguing that Israel could not rely on foreign intervention for its security. The remarks underscored the conservative strategies of PM Netanyahu as instability rocks Israel's neighbors and world powers urge it to evacuate its Judea and Samaria settlements to make way for a Palestinian state. "Under pressure, a multi-national force is like an umbrella that gets folded up on a rainy day," Yaakov Amidror, Netanyahu's national security adviser, said. He continued that the Iranian- and Syrian-backed Hizbullah terrorist group has been building its arsenal despite the 35-year presence of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in its heartland. "Has Hizbullah avoided bringing any kind of rocket, missile or other arms into southern Lebanon because UNIFIL is there?" he said. Israel believes Hizbullah has amassed 60,000 rockets, including 5,000 with heavy warheads capable of hitting Tel Aviv. (J.Post) “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.” Ps 118:8

Hamas terrorists, the modern heirs of Nazism, who declare openly their wish to commit genocide against the Jewish people, marked Holocaust Remembrance Day their way Sunday – with a salvo of rockets fired at Jewish civilians. Three rockets were fired, the action timed, to coincide with the official Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony taking place in Jerusalem at the same time. One rocket exploded in an open space within the Shaar Hanegev Regional Authority's jurisdiction, causing no injuries or damage. A Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony in the targeted area was interrupted by a "Color Red" warning, giving residents a few seconds to reach shelter from an incoming rocket. Two other rockets fell short and exploded inside Gaza. (Arutz-7) “’Comfort, yes, comfort My people!’ says your God.” Isa 40:1

EU FOREIGN POLICY CHIEF SAYS NUCLEAR TALKS WITH IRAN HAVE FAILED: Iran and six world powers failed to reach agreement Saturday on how to reduce tensions that Tehran might use its nuclear technology to make weapons. The breakdown extended years of inconclusive talks and added to concerns the diplomatic window with Tehran may soon close. "What matters in the end is substance, and we are still a considerable distance apart," Catherine Ashton, the European Union's head of foreign policy, said at the end of the two-day meetings. She made no mention of plans for new talks. While no breakthrough had been expected, the lack of forward movement in international negotiations that started a decade ago has increased concerns diplomacy is ineffective as a tool to stop Iran from moving toward nuclear-weapon making capacity. Israel maintains Iran is only a few months away from the threshold of having material to turn into a bomb and has vowed to use all means to prevent it from reaching that point. The US has not said what its "red line" is. (Fox News)

ISRAEL: ‘IT’S TIME FOR A FIRMER STAND ON IRAN’: Israel again warned it was time for world powers to adopt a "firmer stand" with Iran on its controversial nuclear program after their latest round of negotiations closed on Saturday without any breakthrough. "It is time for the world to tell the Iranians in no uncertain terms that the masquerade of negotiations is about to end," Strategic Affairs and Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said. "Israel has already warned that the Iranians are using the rounds of negotiations to win time to advance their uranium enrichment to the stage of acquiring a nuclear weapon," he said. "Without a tangible and significant threat, together with a short, clear and definitive timetable, it will not be possible to dismantle the nuclear program," the minister said. (AFP)

NORTH KOREA SHOULD BE AN ALERT REGARDING IRAN: North Korea’s warning that its military has been cleared to launch a nuclear attack against the US should be on everyone’s mind as the Western powers sit down again with Iran on Friday in Kazakhstan, Israeli leaders stressed on Thursday. “Today it is more clear than ever that we simply cannot allow a situation in which a regime that calls for our annihilation obtains the weapons of annihilation,” PM Netanyahu – alluding to the North Korean threats – said before a meeting with a five-member US Senate delegation. “This must be prevented at all costs.” (Fox News)

EXPERT: IRAN AND NORTH KOREA DEAL TO WORK TOGETHER INCLUDES NUKES: North Korea's repeated willingness to ignore the demands of the international community to desist from testing nuclear weapons testing can only send the worst signals to Iran, which is that the UN will have meetings and denounce actions, but will not prevent further tests. Two of the world’s most brutal regimes, Iran and North Korea, each bent on intimidating any country which dares to challenge it, signed an agreement last September to cooperate on science technology and education. In other words, North Korea is officially helping Iran move forward on its path to nuclear weaponization. Both countries are the subject of numerous sanctions by the UN, and under strong US pressure. North Korea is rich in raw uranium and other natural resources necessary for building nuclear weapons. It also has the scientific know-how and centrifuge technology to share with its partner Iran. On February 12, North Korea conducted its third and most successful nuclear test thus far. It later declared it had made progress in securing a functioning atomic arsenal. In response, the UN unanimously expanded sanctions on North Korea. (Jewish Express)

FIVE DIE IN CLASHES BETWEEN CHRISTIAN, MUSLIMS IN EGYPT: Five Egyptians were killed and eight wounded in clashes between Christians and Muslims in a town near Cairo, security sources said on Saturday, in the latest sectarian violence in the most populous Arab state. Christian-Muslim confrontations have increased in Muslim-majority Egypt since the overthrow of former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011 gave freer rein to hard-line Islamists. Four Christians and one Muslim were killed when members of both communities opened fire on each other outside the Egyptian capital, sources said. The violence broke out Friday when a group of Christian children were drawing on a wall of a Muslim religious institute. No further details were immediately available. A Christian official said unidentified assailants had attacked a local church during the clashes and set parts of it on fire. Police stepped up security at the church after Muslim youths began gathering in the area. (Ha’aretz) Pray for the empowering of the Holy Spirit for the Christian community in Egypt that they may be a light in the midst of Egypt’s growing political and religious darkness. Pray for protection against Islamist violence.

ISLAMIST 'CLEANSING' OF CHRISTIANS IN MIDEAST: Islamist terrorists and fanatics are methodically exterminating the 2,000-year-old Christian civilization of the Middle East through oppression, threats, appropriations and deadly violence. Christianity's greatest thinkers, greatest monuments and greatest triumphs for its first 1,000 years rose in the Middle East. But today, the end is in sight. In Iraq, the country's Christian population, estimated at up to 2 million a decade ago, has fallen by half - perhaps by three-quarters. Over 2 million Christians in Syria dread Islamist terror and religious cleansing. Multitudes have fallen victim to violent deaths and persecution in Syria even during the past two years. Two-thirds of the West Bank's and more of Gaza's Christians have been driven out. They're now a small minority even in Bethlehem. Christians in Iran? Suffering. Turkey? Almost gone. Saudi Arabia? Once-thriving Christian and Jewish populations have long been finished off. Egypt has the region's largest remaining Christian population, at least 10 million Copts. With rare exceptions, they've long been confined to squalid quarters and treated as third-class citizens. Things have gone from bad to worse now the Muslim Brotherhood and other extremist groups have been unleashed. (NY Post) IslamicTerror groups have had a favorite taunt for several decades which says, “First the Saturday people, then the Sunday people.” This means of course, first the Jews then the Christians will be targets for terrorist persecution, subjection and elimination. Pray for Christian communities across the Middle East undergoing ever increasing persecution and violence. May they know His protection and comfort and stand strong in faith through evil times.

MINISTRY: ALL GOVERNMENT SITES UP AND RUNNING: Israeli government web sites came under heavy attack by anti-Israel hackers, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Sunday afternoon. However, the hackers failed to bring down any Israeli sites, the Ministry said in an official announcement. Anti-Israel cells, among them international hacker group Anonymous, had threatened to carry out a major hacking attack against Israeli sites on Sunday. According to the Ministry, Israeli experts had successfully fought back the attacks, with the cooperation of Internet service providers. The Ministry said that it expected the attacks to continue Sunday night, but was confident that government technology staff would be able to deflect that attacks. (INN)

Blessings from Jerusalem,

Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff 


As international speakers and messengers of the Good News through music, Barry and Batya Segal are at the forefront of what God is doing in the present day nation of Israel. With strong ties in both the nations and Jerusalem, the Segals are weaving the deepest roots of our biblical heritage together with the fresh Spirit-filled worship of today to create their rich harmony of Scripture and song.

The Segals have a vast vision for God's purposes in the nations and to the people of Israel. In fact, their longing to help rebuild Israel both spiritually and physically inspired them to pioneer the non-profit charity organization, Vision for Israel and The Joseph Storehouse. This arm of their ministry focuses on assisting the poor and needy, widows and orphans, and reaching out to the new Jewish immigrants coming into the land of Israel. Vision 's most challenging project to date is "The Joseph StorehouseŽ", humanitarian aid center, located in the hills of Jerusalem. The Joseph Storehouse functions as a channel of blessing to all of Israel, Jewish and Arab, through the gathering and distribution of emergency medical supplies, food, clothing, and other basic life necessities. USA office contact info: Vision for Israel, PO Box 7743, Charlotte NC 28241, 866-351-0075. The Segal's web site is


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